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For US teen Buddhist lama, it’s faith, school, football

By Luis Andres Henao — August 2, 2021
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Jalue Dorje, 14, has spent much of his life training to become a monk, memorizing sacred scriptures, practicing calligraphy and learning the teachings of Buddha.
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Fasting may have become a health fad, but religious communities have been doing it for millennia

By Iqbal Akhtar — July 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of religion explains what those who fast for health and fitness can learn from religious traditions for a sustained, deeper and lifelong practice.

Brutal killing spotlights violence against women in Pakistan

By Kathy Gannon — July 30, 2021
ISLAMABAD (AP) — 'The epidemic of sexual crimes and violence against women in Pakistan is a silent epidemic. No one sees it. No one is talking about it.'

NXIVM sex cult member who cooperated avoids prison time

By Associated Press — July 29, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — A former member of NXIVM leader Keith Raniere’s inner circle avoided prison at sentencing Wednesday after prosecutors cited her extraordinary cooperation.

Study: Only half of American households donate to charity

By Haleluya Hadero — July 28, 2021
(AP) — Donations to charitable causes are reaching record highs, but the giving is done by a smaller and smaller slice of the population.

Not everyone cheered the ancient Olympic games, but the sacred games brought together rival societies

By Joel Christensen — July 28, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of ancient Greek literature explains what the Olympics of modern day have in common with the 776 B.C. games at Olympia.

German woman indicted over her time with IS in Syria

By Associated Press — July 28, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — The indictment of Leonora M., is the latest in a string of cases in Germany involving women who went to the area held by IS and were involved in holding women captured by the extremist group as slaves.

Plaintiffs propose replacing Bible with Book of Faith

By Associated Press — July 28, 2021
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Government lawyers argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because the lead plaintiff acknowledged he wasn’t offended by the display.

Karadima, priest defrocked for sexual abuses, dies in Chile

By Associated Press — July 27, 2021
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who was at the center of a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, has died at 90.

Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule

By Mona Tajali, Homa Hoodfar — July 27, 2021
(The Conversation) — Burqas and male chaperones for women were features of the Taliban’s extremist rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s. Those policies are now back in some districts controlled by these Islamic militants.

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

By David Crary — July 26, 2021
(AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau reported in March the rate of homeschooling rose to 11% by September 2020, from 5.4% just six months earlier.

Joy and grief will coexist as Americans return to pre-pandemic life – ‘everyday memorials’ will help

By David Sloane — July 26, 2021
(The Conversation) — Many people are starting to celebrate the return to a pre-pandemic life. How does that feel to those who have suffered losses and are still grieving?

Divine transformation: Ex-Alaska strip club becomes church

By Mark Thiessen — July 26, 2021
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Anchorage is now a church offering salvation.
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